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Like you and I give names to the pets we love, and pet-names to the people we love, Elton John gives names to the pianos he loves. He names them after his favourite female singers.
Perhaps you’ve been to an Elton John concert where he played Nina – named for Nina Simone. Or Diana – named for Diana Krall. Or Aretha – no explanation necessary.
The name he gave himself honours jazz musician Elton Dean, and blues singer Long John Baldry.
Before that, he was just Reggie – the prodigy. At three, picking out tunes by ear on the piano in his grandmother’s parlour. And at eleven, on scholarship at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
You can picture him there can’t you? Younger than most, shorter than most, and deep down to the bottom of his boots, wanting it most.